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The Indian Dream.. by spineless-splendour The Indian Dream.. by spineless-splendour
"Although we may not know the symbolic meaning of Indian headdress, many people find them to be beautiful works of art. It is believed that the Sioux Indians created what is thought of as the traditional Indian headdress. This is the feathered headdress often seen on warriors and chiefs in paintings and pictures. Only the most brave and powerful of the tribe wore headdresses.

Before the invasion on their land of the white man, the custom of wearing Indian headdress spread through the many tribes. However, each headdress varies from tribe to tribe as it represents the culture of each tribe. The individual wearing it would often customize Indian headdresses, thus making it unique to that individual.

People always associate Indian headdress with feathers, but do you know what the feathers represent? Warriors earned a feather each time he did something the tribe felt was a brave act. Many times, the first feather earned by a warrior was given to him for being seen as an adult member of the tribe. However, the warrior was not just given the feather. The warrior had to prepare himself to receive such an honor and that often require days of fasting and meditation.

Each time the warrior earned a feather, he would either wear it (but he only wore a couple into battle) or put it on a pole used for special occasions. Once he had collected enough feathers, they were then made into a headdress. Because each feather had a special meaning, binding them together in a headdress made that Indian headdress even more special. Only the men, closest friends of the warrior, were involved in making the headdress. The Indian chiefs also “earned” each of their feathers. The most prized of all feathers to receive for an Indian headdress was the Golden Eagle feather. Because the Indians saw the eagle as a messenger of God, this feather could only be earned through hardship, loyalty, and strength.

I did not write this article, it was simply a stimulus for this piece.. i hope you like :aww: :heart:

Entered in to Native American Indians Contest :) [link]
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alc26 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
excellent lighting, an her face is superb, an well defined..
SaEun Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
uhg that whole caption is such colonialist racist bullshit. why would you post that. as a native person i am just appalled.
IsaHiya Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Truly Beautiful !!!
ROOKIELINES Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Mantulan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 well done <3
ParisLynne Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
She looks like Robin from MNTM!
Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations :clap:
As part of your prize in the Native American Indian Contest you have been featured in my Sept 13th journal here [link]
:heart: Elle Evans
Aseamlessbonds Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Congratulations for winning Honourable Mention in :iconcontest-cornucopia: Native American (Indian) Contest! :clap::woohoo::glomp:
Here's the News Article [link] :iconblakelord:
dAb-blingin-art Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Fantastic work!!
I have featured you in my journal this evening!
Manwathiell-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Your entry is now official ! Good luck !! :wave:
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